Mark Lorenzo Blake, Jr.
Here is another case which will do nothing but make you angry. Mark Lorenzo Blake, Jr. decided to run from CPD and shoot an officer Saturday night. Patrolman Corey Goldstein was shot multiple times by Blake. Goldstein returned the favor and sent Blake to the hospital in a well ventilated state. Unfortunately, Blake wasn’t toe-tagged.
The truly sad part is the incident didn’t even need to happen. If the 9th Circuit Solicitor and your judges had done their jobs Blake wouldn’t have been roaming the streets of Charleston and pulling the trigger on police officers.
Blake’s travels through the 9th Judicial Circuit will cause quite a bit or ire. Keep reading.
PWID Marijuana - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Marijuana Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol - Pled guilty in March of 2006 before Judge Michael Nettles. Sentenced to one year and a $50 fine, suspended in favor of six months of probation.
PWID Cocaine - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Cocaine Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
PWID Cocaine - The 9th Circuit Solicitor allowed Blake to plead guilty to the lesser charge of 1st Offense Possession of Cocaine. Sentenced by Judge Kristi Harrington to two years, suspended in favor of 18 months of probation.
PWID Cocaine Near a Park - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Probation Violation. No status listed.
2012 Charges - Still Pending:
Judge Gosnell set a total bond of $50,000 on these three charges.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol
Possession of a Stolen Pistol or Obliterated Serial Number
2013 Charges - Still Pending:
Given Blake’s prior criminal history and the fact he was already out of jail on $50,000 bond for three drug and firearm offenses, we find the amount of the bonds in these latest charges abhorrent. We are also troubled by the continued lack of effort by the 9th Circuit Solicitor or the bond hearing judges to revoke the previous bonds.
Trafficking Heroin - $20,000 bond
1st Offense Possession of Cocaine - $5,000 bond. In light of Blake’s guilty plea to this same offense in 2009, this should be upgraded to 2nd Offense Possession of Cocaine.
Three counts of PWID Heroin - $10,000 bond on each charge, total $30,000.
The 9th Circuit Solicitor continues to fail in the job she asked you to entrust to her. Your judges, who are not beholden to the average citizen in any way, continue to fail miserably in their jobs. They are appointed by your state legislators. When will you get angry enough to take action? When you start making noise about firing your legislators over the craptacular performance of the friends they appoint to the bench, you might see some changes.